Arts and humanities are core to academics at Missouri State University, and now they’ll be reunited again. Today, the university announced the creation of the Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts and Humanities.
This new college combines the College of Humanities and Public Affairs with the Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts and Letters to create the third largest college at the university.
The creation of the new college emphasizes the importance of humanities and the arts to the academic core of Missouri State – bucking a trend across higher education. It also reflects earlier structures in the university when Arts and Humanities was a single division, prior to the creation of colleges in 1985.
“This is an exciting time for the university,” said Missouri State President Clif Smart. “The new college demonstrates our commitment to and continued support of the arts and humanities.
“I value the new leadership, energy and ideas that Zora Mulligan and Dr. John Jasinski have brought to the university.”
Academic realignments are part of transformation process
Earlier this year, the university announced a major initiative to revitalize and transform academic affairs.
The changes will create a more agile organization, which can efficiently and effectively serve students in today’s academic environment — an environment that was dramatically transformed by the pandemic.
The merger of the two colleges is the first and most important step in the realignment process. The new college becomes official July 1, 2023.
Between Jan. 5 and May 31, 2023, Deans Victor Matthews and Shawn Wahl will lead a transition team to prepare for the launch of the new college. They will focus on strengthening faculty teaching, research and service collaboration across the arts and humanities.
Ultimately, Wahl will lead the new college. Matthews announced his June 30, 2023, retirement earlier this year.
“Missouri State is a valued institution in the state and well beyond,” said Dr. John Jasinski, interim provost. “Our goal is to continue to build on its innovative spirit and strengths as we head into the future.”
A website with additional information regarding the new college and additional academic realignment is available. It provides opportunities for input, dates for public forums and a timeline for the processes.